4 more schools torched in rising cases of unrest

July 20, 2016 11:09 am
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According to the Kenya Red Cross Society, no one was injured in each of the incidents, which were contained with the help of the local communities/FILE
According to the Kenya Red Cross Society, no one was injured in each of the incidents, which were contained with the help of the local communities/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 20 – Three more schools were burnt Tuesday night in a new wave of arson, raising concerns on the crisis in the education sector.

The latest incidents were reported in Ruthimitu Secondary in Dagoretti, Muhoho Secondary in Gatundu and another school in Malindi where dormitories and classes were burnt.

According to the Kenya Red Cross Society, no one was injured in each of the incidents, which were contained with the help of the local communities.

“#MalindiSchoolFire Kilifi County #Fire #Brigade managed to put out the fire. No injuries reported. Cause fire not established,” one of the tweets from KRC stated.

“#RuthimituSchoolFire Kikuyu Fire #Brigade with combined effort from the community managed to contain the #fire.No #injuries reported.”

The incidents came a day after Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i presented an interim report on unrest in schools and announced the formation of a joint investigation team to unravel the cause of the fires.

READ: Matiang’i says special team to probe school arson cases

The Education CS further announced plans to have parents take responsibility for their children who are involved in arson or vandalism.

READ: Matiang’i wants parents charged for arson, vandalism in schools

According to the report, there are about 68 schools that have experienced arson, with the highest cases occurring in Kisii where structures in seven schools have been razed.

The study further shows that Nakuru had six cases being reported and Nyamira which experienced five cases of arson.

Matiang’i stated that as of July 16, seventeen counties had reported cases of school unrest but areas like Wajir, Mandera, Garissa and Tana River had no known cases.

He pointed out that in 2015, the highest number of reported fire incidents were in Machakos and Kilifi.

He stated that counties that had the highest incidents in 2015 had so far not reported any problem except for Embu and Nakuru.

“Evidently, counties that had the highest number of incidents in 2015 had so far not reported any problem except for Embu and Nakuru that seemed to have comparable number of incidents in the two years. However, Kericho, Kisii and Nyamira had recorded the highest number of incidents,” he said.

At least 100 students have been arrested and charged over the incidents reported in schools across the country.

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